understanding dental implants

Understanding Dental Implants

If one or more of your teeth are missing or even damaged, you may want to consider receiving dental implants. Dental implants can improve overall appearance, replace dentures and make chewing easier. In this article we’ll cover what a dental implant is and the different types so you can better determine which one will work best for your oral needs. 

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant usually consists of a titanium post/rod that is surgically positioned into the jawbone, this rod is the anchor for the artificial teeth the dentist will place. These artificial teeth strongly resemble your original teeth and are very natural looking. The amount of additional dental work that needs to be done (bone grafting, sinus lift, ridge expansion) will determine how long the dental implant procedure will take and how many visits to the dentist will be required.

Types of Implants:

The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:

Endosteal implants– these dental implants are the type to be surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once the surrounding periodontal cells has healed, a second surgery is needed to attach an article to the original implant. A man-made tooth (or teeth) is affixed to the post-individually or grouped on a bridge or denture.

Subperiosteal implants– these are composed of a steel frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. This kind of dental implant may be used in patients who do not have a sufficient amount of healthy natural jawbone and cannot, or do not want to, undertake a bone augmentation treatment to rebuild it.

Further your knowledge:

There have been numerous advancements made in oral healthcare and to dental implant technology making the process of having one or more implants placed less invasive and more affordable. Unfortunately, the cost is not usually covered by insurance.

For more information on dental implants, contact our office today by calling or clicking the attached link to schedule a consultation with Dr. Trichas. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Downtown Dental Arts of Montclair are here to answer any questions you might have about all things dental related. We are currently located in the Montclair in New Jersey to better assist you with your oral healthcare.

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